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  • Getting Along with Your Child's Stepparent After Divorce

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 18-Sep-2018

    Your familiar relationships after a divorce can start to feel a little unusual as time goes on. If you share children with your ex-spouse and they eventually remarry, then you will suddenly be sharing child custody with their new spouse as well. At the same time, your child will have to readjust to gaining a new stepparent, which can be confusing or exciting to them. When everything is considered, ...
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  • Back-to-School Child Custody Tips Every Divorced Parent Should Know

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 10-Aug-2018

    While creating a child custody agreement or parenting plan during your divorce proceedings, it can be easy to focus on the here-and-now and not realize that some future circumstances will conflict with the plan you choose. In particular, parents all across the country are surprised to find themselves in the middle of a family law dispute about custody duties during the first back-to-school season ...
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  • Custody Case in Florida Scores Huge Win for Biological Fathers

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 6-Aug-2018

    It’s a question many divorce lawyers are often asked by their clients: Can a biological father be prevented from seeing his child? In the state of Florida, the answer to this question was sometimes yes. However, one biological father’s case made it to the Florida’s Supreme Court. Connor Perkins just moved into this beautiful new house and set up a room for his 5-year-old ...
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  • Why Informal Time-Sharing Agreements Are a Bad Idea

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 2-Aug-2018

    Child custody matters, like visitation and time-sharing agreements, are often the source of the most contention in a divorce. Both parents will understandably want to spend the majority of time with their children, and they will feel as if they always know what is best for their children as well. In order to try to quickly resolve time-sharing disputes, or avoid them altogether, many divorcing ...
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  • How To Co-Parent Effectively This Summer

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 26-Jun-2018

    Co-parenting is rarely easy, especially during the summertime. Between planning for summer break, scheduling beach days, booking family vacations, and finding time for other scheduled events, dealing with your summer schedule can be overwhelming. If you share parenting responsibilities with your ex, juggling each of your schedules to work out your plan for the summer might be especially ...
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  • Military Spouse Benefits

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 20-Apr-2018

    Being married to someone in the military comes with a number of great benefits. These are intended to make your loved one’s service easier on you and ensure both of you are provided for, even in your spouse’s service-related absence. If you are experiencing a conflict regarding your military benefits or are experiencing another family legal conflict, please contact a member of our team ...
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  • New Deployment Act For Parental Timesharing Goes into Effect July 1st

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 4-Apr-2018

    Under the new deployment act, “custodial responsibility” includes all the powers and duties that are related to the caretaking and decision making authority for a child. This includes physical custody, legal custody, parental responsibility, parenting time, time-sharing, and visitation. “Decision making authority” grants an individual the power to make important decisions ...
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  • Disestablishing Paternity in Florida

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 22-Jan-2018

    It can be an unfortunate series of events that leads parents to seek a way to disestablish paternity, but it can happen. If an unmarried couple has a child, the child’s paternity will need to be established at birth, either voluntarily or through genetic testing. Once paternity is established, the father has an obligation to support and provide for the child. If the father decides to stop ...
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  • Florida's Determination of Parentage Bill

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 12-Jan-2018

    Florida’s Senate approved SB 1022 two days ago on January 10, 2018 by a vote of 10 to 0. The bill authorizes a child, a child’s mother, or a child’s alleged parent to file a petition in circuit court to rebut the presumption of legal parentage. For instance, in a case where a father doubts his paternity of a child, rather than being told by a court of family law he needs to pay ...
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  • How Does an Annulment Work?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 3-Jan-2018

    An annulled marriage is somewhat rare in today's society, but it can be sought by spouses if the required legal grounds for annulment are present. The theory behind getting an annulment instead of a divorce, is that the marriage was never valid to begin with. Marriages that have been annulled are classified as "void" or "voidable," and are sometimes called ...
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  • Amicable Divorce - Why You Still Need an Attorney

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 2-Nov-2017

    An amicable divorce is an ideal scenario. Both you and your spouse agree to end the marriage, and calmly talk through the issues to reach a legal conclusion. If you and your spouse are on good terms, and the case is uncontested, it may be tempting to avoid hiring a lawyer. However, this is a mistake. An Attorney Can Help You Understand Your Rights State and local divorce laws may be difficult to ...
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  • Can Probate be Avoided?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 29-Sep-2017

    Planning your estate earlier in life can save you a substantial amount of time and money. Most of us don’t even want to think about death, however, planning out what will happen to your possessions after your gone will benefit your heirs and ensure that your assets are transferred according to your final wishes. However, having a will is not enough to avoid probate. When you pass away, all ...
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  • Are Holographic Wills Valid in Florida?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 18-Sep-2017

    A hand written and unwitnessed will is called a “holographic” will. Although holographic wills are valid in many states across the country, they are not valid in Florida. A handwritten will is valid in Florida only if it has been properly signed and witnessed. In this blog, we explain what you need to make a valid will in the state of Florida. Valid Will Requirements The most commonly ...
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  • What Are Your Rights as a Grandparent?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 10-Aug-2017

    Each state has different laws regarding grandparent rights, and Florida has some of the toughest in the nation. Whether a judge grants visitation or custody rights depends on the circumstances of your unique case. These are your rights as a grandparent in Florida. Visitation Rights Visitation rights, against a parent’s wishes, are only granted in extremely limited circumstances. When a ...
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  • What Should I Do If My Ex Won't Pay Child Support?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 30-Jun-2017

    For many parents, child support payments serve as an essential income to supply food, clothes, transportation, and other necessities for their children. In the event that your ex refuses to pay court-ordered child support, you have a right to take legal action in order to secure those necessary funds for your child. The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 provides the court with the necessary ...
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  • What Should You Do If You're Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 26-May-2017

    Facing false accusations can be both frustrating and daunting, especially when those accusations are for violent crimes like domestic violence. If you are accused of domestic violence, you could face serious penalties and other consequences that could follow you around for the rest of your life. Even the accusation alone can be enough to harm your reputation and cause undue stress in both your ...
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  • Why is it Necessary to Establish Paternity?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 29-Mar-2017

    One of the questions we hear frequently as Jacksonville family law attorneys is whether it is absolutely necessary to establish paternity of a child born to unwed parents. Some parents are hesitant to undergo paternity testing out of fear: fear of changes to their relationship, fear of the long-term consequences of knowing the truth, and more. However, from a legal standpoint, establishing ...
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  • Divorce May be Seasonal, Research Shows

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 27-Mar-2017

    Spring is here and for many that means a start to a new season, college basketball, and better weather on the way. According to a recent study from the University of Washington, it may also mean a time for divorce. That’s because researchers found significant peaks in divorce filings at two points during the year: March and August. According to the study, which analyzed nearly 15 years of ...
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  • 5 Ways to Lower the Cost of Divorce After the Holidays

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 25-Jan-2017

    According to studies by the University of Washington, most divorces come after the winter holidays. For many people who are dissatisfied with their marriages and not sure what to do, the holidays are an opportunity to perhaps turn things around. If it doesn’t happen, however, unhappy spouses may feel ready to call it quits once the season ends. Unfortunately, the holidays are often ...
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  • Is a Separation Agreement the Right Choice for You?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 19-Jan-2017

    If you are not entirely committed to the idea of filing for divorce, perhaps a sufficient alternative is to obtain a separation agreement. Being legally separated means spouses can live apart while retaining their marital status – either for retaining health care or military benefits, tax purposes, or religious beliefs. How Does the State of Florida Handle Separations? While Florida does not ...
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  • Will Legal Counsel Be Allowed to Access Our Public Data Assistants (AKA Cell Phones)?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 16-Dec-2016

    The content within our Public Data Assistants, also known as our cell phones, have become a more prominent part of legal litigation as social networking continues to grow and as humans continue to grow more reliant on cellular devices as means of information, entertainment, and communication. Research now suggests that the use of cellular wireless devices may be just as important as the various ...
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  • 3 Steps to Surviving the Holidays While Initiating Divorce

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 13-Dec-2016

    Divorce can occur as the result of extramarital affairs, emotional abuse, irreconcilable disagreements, and various other reasons. Regardless of what the reasons may be, divorce can be emotionally taxing, especially during the holiday season. Because our Jacksonville divorce lawyers would like you and your family to enjoy the holiday season as much as possible, we have provided three steps to ...
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  • Homeschooling and Issues Regarding Shared Parental Responsibility in Florida

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 7-Nov-2016

    Every year, more Floridians choose home education as opposed to public education. In fact, more than 75,000 students in Florida are currently home-schooled. As a result, Florida has earned a reputation as one of the friendliest places for homeschooled students. Of course, the decision to homeschool a child goes considered much more than pedagogy; it extends to the consideration of lifestyle ...
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  • How Florida Guardianship Laws Have Changed Over the Past Three Years

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 20-Sep-2016

    Florida guardianship laws have changed a lot in recent years. In the past three years, they have evolved to incorporate stricter requirements for individuals to become guardians. Below are some examples of how these guardianship laws have developed: 2014 In June of 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 635. This revised the guardianship statutes of Florida to provide increased security for ...
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  • Joy Owenby Receives 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award From American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 16-Aug-2016

    Owenby Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that our founding attorney Joy Owenby has received the 2016 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys! This is a significant achievement that speaks volumes about her commitment to the needs of clients and her continued passion for making real differences in the lives of men and women facing a wide range of ...
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